Our Mission

CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

What We Do

Data & Research

We use research and data to understand the needs of Texas children and their families. This research drives our advocacy agenda and helps us develop evidence-based policy recommendations.

Policy Advocacy

Research and data alone are not enough to drive change for children. We use our research to develop policy recommendations that have the most impact and speak up to inform policymakers.

Collaboration

We work better together. We rely on partners across the state to support our research and data collection, provide regional insights, and amplify our advocacy efforts through collective action.

Our Areas of Expertise

CHILDREN AT RISK focuses on 3 key areas that can help break the cycle of poverty and enable children to learn, thrive, and meet their full potential.

Education

Health

Safety & Opportunity

We are committed to viewing all the work we do with an Equity & Justice lens and an Immigrant Children lens.

Equity & Justice

Immigrant Children

Upcoming Events & Activities

JUNE 20

National Immigration Summit

Join us for this annual summit as thought leaders and experts weigh-in on child-forward immigration policies, access to basic needs and mental health resources, education, and how we can begin to center kids in the narrative surrounding immigrants and immigration.

AUGUST 8

Education Summit

Dive into the latest on best practices and effective public policies that help students and teachers thrive, and gain knowledge to make a real impact for your community. Join us as we explore solutions to challenges in education, both in Texas and nation-wide.

November 14

Legislative Roadmap

Join us for the unveiling of our 2025 Legislative Agenda while experts share advocacy tips and ways to drive change #forchildren as we gear-up for the 89th Legislative Session.

 

 

 

The Latest from C@R

Subsidized Child Care System in Texas

Because money is often a critical barrier to accessing child care, Texas gives working families subsidies that can help them pay for child care. Where does the money for child care subsidies come from, where does it go, and who is left out? Here's a quick primer:...

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Access to Affordable High-Quality Child Care is Scarce

Access to Affordable High-Quality Child Care is Scarce

By Kim Kofron, Early Childhood Education, and Jenn Meier, Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation (Note: Data sources are all publicly available from the Texas Workforce Commission, TEA, and Family Service. This report uses data from October 1st, 2022-September...

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